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Friday, February 01, 2008

MoveOn.org Endorses Obama

MoveOn.org, which has never endorsed a presidential candidate before, did so today. The organization put the matter of it's endorsement to a vote by it's members (including yours truly) and, after clobbering Hillary Clinton by 40 percent in the internet balloting, Barack Obama won their endorsement. Obama led the final tally 70.4% to 29.6%, clearing the supermajority required for the endorsement.This could have a huge influence next week, as MoveOn has 1.7 million members in Super Tuesday states. Hell, they have over half a million members in California alone – roughly one out of ten primary voters in Tuesday's largest state.

The decisive victory shows that Obama is consolidating support from the netroots in the wake of John Edwards' withdrawal. Obama also won the Edwards vote in Thursday's Daily Kos reader poll. He bounced 35 points to reach an all-time high of 71 percent, while Clinton held steady at 11 percent. If Super Tuesday is a tie and both campaigns brace for a protracted delegate hunt, Obama could draw fundraising, volunteers and advocacy from a united front of MoveOn, netroots activists and bloggers.

Organizers said they would "immediately" begin mobilizing on behalf of Obama, leading turnout programs and phone-banking members of MoveOn in targeted states. The group made seven million "GOTV" calls for Democrats in the mid-term elections, and it has an extensive voter file database.

"We've learned that the key to achieving change in Washington without compromising core values is having a galvanized electorate to back you up," said Executive Director Eli Pariser, "and Barack Obama has our members 'fired up and ready to go' on that front."

Obama welcomed the endorsement on Friday. "In just a few years, the members of MoveOn have once again demonstrated that real change comes not from the top-down, but from the bottom-up. From their principled opposition to the Iraq war – a war I also opposed from the start – to their strong support for a number of progressive causes, MoveOn shows what Americans can achieve when we come together in a grassroots movement for change," he said in a statement. "I thank them for their support and look forward to working with their members in the weeks and months ahead," he added.

Vote results

Obama: 197,444 70.4%

Clinton: 83,084 29.6%

MoveOn Member Comments:
"I've never felt so strongly about any one candidate in my entire life. He's truly an inspiration to all of us—especially the younger generation. I will stand by him 100% for as long as he's willing to stand up and fight for this country!"--Christine Y. in New Jersey

"This country needs real, progressive transformation. Barack Obama is the candidate who gives us the best hope of uniting and inspiring the nation to move in that direction, while also restoring America's dignity and standing as a member of the global community."—James M., Connecticut

"While I'm impressed with Clinton and believe she would make a very good president, I'm actually MOVED by Obama. In the end, I believe if Obama is elected he has the potential to bring the country together behind him."—Patricia S., Wisconsin

"He was right on the biggest question of the era—opposing the war from the start."—Jacob S., Washington, D.C.

"I support Barack Obama for the same reasons I support MoveOn.org: the more people are inspired to get involved, the better the outcome for our country. Senator Obama has demonstrated a unique capacity to inspire participation and to make public service 'cool' again. He is also sound on all the issues that matter to me and my family."—Liz B., New York

"I live in a red state, and I see my conservative neighbors and friends showing a positive interest in Barack. They like him. They are ready to be swayed. And I see my Democratic friends and family members getting excited like never before...With Barack as our candidate, I am convinced that we can win in a landslide in 2008 and usher in a new era of progressive politics."—Desirina B., Georgia

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Blogger Human said...

Bravo to Move On! That will drive bunches of cash Obama's way.

title="comment permalink">February 01, 2008 11:06 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

SIEU, LA TIMes, and Moveon....WOW...what a day,.....

( oh and Annie Coulter endorsed Hilll......lol)

title="comment permalink">February 02, 2008 1:15 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Human - Yes it will; not that he's having any trouble in that department!

Enigma - Runaway train!

title="comment permalink">February 02, 2008 10:41 AM  

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